Image:Williams College - Haystack Monument.JPG|thumb|right|The Haystack Monument, Williams College, commemorates the event in 1806 that inspired the creation of the ABCFM.
The '''American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions''' (ABCFM) was among the first United States of America|American Christian
missionary organizations. It was created in 1810 by recent graduates of Williams College
. In the 19th century it was the largest and most important of American missionary organizations and consisted of participants from Reformed traditions such as Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and German Reformed churches.
After some secessions due to the slavery issue and the movement of New School Presbyterian
-affiliated missionaries to the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions
, the ABCFM was left as a Congregationalist body after 1870.
The American Board, as it was known continued to operate as a largely Congregationalist entity...